Ariane 5 rocket on the launch pad

The European-made Ariane 5 rocket stands poised for flight on its Guiana Space Center launch pad in the jungles of South America, set for blastoff May 15 carrying a direct-to-home TV broadcasting satellite for Japan and a telecommunications spacecraft for Vietnam. The commercial geostationary satellites are the 100th and 101st built by Lockheed Martin.

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Photo credit: ESA-CNES-Arianespace

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